The JSR-293 Location API

It’s the new year, and I closed out Dec with a trip to Hollywood Florida to support Sprint at their 4th annual Developers Conference.  This event has grown significantly over the years, with 2006 attendance reaching over 1000.  There were a bunch of things LBS going on, but the one thing that stood out for me was Ryan Wick’s presentation on JSR-293.  This is a new Java ME API for location is similar to its predecessor JSR-179, but JSR-293 not only includes a way to get at location, but also a set of APIs to map, route, search, geocode, and NAVIGATE.As far as I know RIM is the first OEM to embrace this API, but with the emerging trend of OEMs doing LBS Navigation apps themselves (we saw a bunch of this at CES this week), I can see this API being widely used within the mobile Java community.Of interesting note… no one from the geospatial community has joined this JSR working group.

This entry was contributed by Jonathan Spinney

Published Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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